Reminders from God’s Calendar

Monday night before bed, I reviewed my monthly goals. Goals are easier to chew when you take a bite each day. Say no to overindulgence, my friends.

I said to myself, “When I wake up, I’m going to do this, this and this.” Gratefully, the sun rose and I had another chance to strive towards my goals. I hopped out of bed, ready to take on the day, listening to my favorite YouTube video I listen to every morning: Who You Are Message to All Women https://youtu.be/uWi5iXnguTU.

I jumped in my car and headed to my first stop of the day. I planned in my head and iPhone calendar I would be out by 10:00am based off of historical information given to me by others who had the same experience.

As I sat in the waiting area, sipping my hot coffee black, I engaged in light conversations with a few other people who were also planning the rest of their day and stating how much they HAD to do before the day was over.

Time quickly passed and 9:00am was upon us. I began to think how “I” could hurry this process. How “I” could make sure I was on to the next thing as “I” had planned the day before.

I shifted in my seat this way and the other, cleared my throat, checked my watch again and again, yet nothing happened.

I was slowly coming into the realization that I was not going to be able to leave when I expected. Isn’t it funny how we think we have control over others, the environment and the circumstances?

I was quickly reminded I could only control my reactions and attitude to what was going on around me. As I was asked to stand, shortly after I was asked to sit again as I was chosen to serve a civic duty.

Was I mentally, emotionally or even spiritual prepared for what I was walking into? No. Was I present to what had to be done over what I was desired to do? Yes.

I was called to make a shift and here are 7 reminders God’s calendar notified me of as I sat in a freezing cold room surrounded by people I had never met or even seen before.

1. What God wants you to do will always prevail over what you are choosing.

2. You are not nor have you ever been in control of anything other than yourself and your actions.

3. When you are present you are not missing anything.

4. You can fight for what you want or allow God to give you what you need.

5. You are progressing even when it feels like you are standing still.

6. There are people who need your presence more than you often realize.

7. Four hands on a steering wheel causes accidents, take yours off. Trust God’s.

I deleted all of my calendar plans for that day and quietly, gently whispered to myself “I want your calendar God, not mine.”

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The Spirit Virus

What ever happened to soul food? I’m not talking about the collard greens, the cornbread, the yams, or the dressing. I’m talking about the infectious, tasty conversations people use to bring to the table. Now, it seems like we as culture drink spoiled milk and vomit on others in public. Our attitudes being as tasteless and dry as a chef cooking homemade Mac and cheese for the first time.

Who do we turn to for answers? Or do we turn to ourselves? I believe we turn to ourselves. That’s the only thing within our control. Our reactions, our responses, our choices. Even not choosing is a choice.

This week, I got extremely sick at work. Sharp pains started at the top of my head to the soles of my feet. As I finished one customer, I went to speak with my manager. He greeted me with “Brit Brit, what’s up?” I replied “I feel very ill.”

He ordered me to the back to sit down for 10 minutes and to drink water. I did what he said, but I felt like I needed more than physical nourishment. I thought it may be a bad response to the food I had just eaten. I thought it was the bipolar weather of the south that had triggered my immune system to break down.

With tears running down my face, my body in physical pain and my eyes closed shut, I simply prayed.

When my 10 minute timer went off, I headed back. Still not physically or mentally up to the challenge of offering our latest promotions with a smile, I called it a day. I grabbed my things. Leaving my beloved cheesecake behind, I headed home.

For the next 36 hours, I took medicine, drank lots of water and meditated. The most effective of the the three turned out to be meditation. What was happening internally had a direct effect on my physical ailments.

My spirit was infected with self-doubt, frustration, irritation and toxic energy from others I encounter on a daily basis. So I turned to myself for answers. For a response. I decided I had the cure. Even if the food left me terribly ill, there had to be seeds already there to manifest such a horrible reaction. I won’t diagnose anyone else but here are symptoms of the spirit virus and things to avoid:

Symptoms:

  • Feelings of unworthiness
  • Lack of joy and peace
  • Challenge in communicating
  • Tension in the neck and under eyes
  • Doubt of a hopeful and divine future

Things to avoid:

  • Patients who have the spirit virus but do not desire treatment
  • Your own negative thoughts
  • Environments where toxic energy of normalized
  • Comparing your life to others
  • Revisiting memories without an intent to learn a lesson or choose gratitude

I believe the Human spirit is one of the greatest assets we have. When it’s sick our bodies let us know.

Peace and blessings,

Britney

Flower Gardens in My Heart

As I reflect on the month of February, it’s been a great one. The month started with intense workouts in the training facility I consistently go to.

The second week I celebrated my 28th Birthday in beautiful Orlando, Florida. The week ended with a dim light dinner with 14 of my closest family and friends.

The third week I returned to work with high energy, smiles for days, and love in my heart for the job I *get to* do everyday.

This week, I exceeded my sales goals and won an award I’ve been gunning for since last year.

All month, I’ve been realizing the blockages in my heart as it relates to romantic love. I’ve been amazed at how defensive I become when I’m treated how I deserve to be treated.

What’s foreign to us normally scares us.

However, persistence is winning. Seeds of love are being planted in the garden of my heart daily. Many I plant, many others do. Isn’t it a beautiful time for blooming with Spring right about the corner?

We all have so much to be thankful for.

I hope you’ve been gardening, pruning and trimming in your own life.

Beautiful things can’t bloom with weeds, underutilized space and under fertilized soil.

B

Ever had moonshine that tastes like water? 

Part one of five of the blog series, Adventures in Mississippi. Explore with me the unknown adventures of this state. 

On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, I walked into what looked like a previously abandoned building. The smell of yeast rushed into my nostrils as I inhaled. I skimmed the building filled with metal machinery, barrels, and pallets of Vodka. 

We were met by a cheery voice “Hi guys! Welcome to Cathead Distillery! I’m glad you guys could make it.”

As our tour began, we headed towards the machinery. Facing where it all goes down, we learned the main ingredients of Vodka. 

Who knew corn starch was a core ingredient of the process? A few things we learned (particular to Cathead) included:

  • It takes about 7-10 days to make vodka 
  • It’s the first legal distillery in MS to open since prohibition 
  • It takes less than a second to fill a bottle from the LIQUITOTES (container to the far right)

The final phases of our 30 minute tour included viewing where barrels are stored before they are shipped, the facilities they are shipped to, and taste testing 4 liquors of our choice.

My favorites were: Original Cathead Vodka and Hoodoo. Yes, the latter one is spooky but delicious!

If you’re ever in Jackson, MS and interested in learning about the distillation process of vodka, I definitely recommend scheduling a tour. Here’s an awesome Groupon to save a few coins. 

   Stay true. Stay wild. Stay adventurous.

Until next time,

Britney L. Clark 

Fear is 100% Mental

It’s Summertime! It’s time to grab your bikini(or trunks) you bought the year before. The sun is beaming and the beach is calling your name. I haven’t made it to the beach yet, but June 23rd I joined the fun at Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin’ Theme Park. I was so excited when my aunt mentioned going a few weeks ago. I hadn’t been years, so I have vague memories of past experiences.

We loaded up the car, and we were on our way! Of course, we had a few unplanned stops but hey who cares it’s summertime. After completing my daily readings, I told my aunt I recently started listening to Blues more. She found that hysterical. She happened to have a Blues CD in her disc player that she turned up. It was hilarious to hear all of us singing along! I tend to sing over every song, but they all know how I do by now.

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So we are here. Let’s go! It’s time to get on the rides. My natural instincts drew me to the small attractions like the Lazy River and the Wave Pool. As we caught the waves, we felt comfortable. We were in the pool for about 15 minutes, and we knew we had to get more excitement and quickly. 

After about a 20 minute meeting, my friend, Danielle, and I persuaded my twin sister to ride the Voodoo, The World’s Largest Dark Behemothbowl Slide. Of course, we did not tell her that part. As we waited in line slowing moving one step at a time, fear became the topic of discussion. We talked about how fear can stifle what you do, how you do it, and limit your perspective. Danielle, one of the bravest souls I know, said confidently “Fear is 100% mental.” I couldn’t agree with her more. We were so high in the air, yet our spirits were so calm. Why? Because we did not allow fear of heights, fear of the potential unsteadiness of the steps, or fear of the ride stop us from enjoying ourselves. The same principles can be applied to everyday life. We fear what others may think about us, what they may know about us, their opinions, and the list goes on. If you really think about it, none of it means anything IF you know who you are. 

So we are in our tube and coming down like The Price is Right!!!! We taught the Voodoo ride a thing or two. Here it is:
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We challenged ourselves to scare ourselves. We wanted to push the envelope. We wanted to taste fear, so we could conquer it. Check out the other rides we took for a spin:

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The Mad Moccassin. This baby was fierce at the end!

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The Azuka, the World’s Largest Tornado Slide. Yikes! It was scary, but it’s not like you can turn around on your way down. ANDDDD last but not least, Lafitte’s Plunge.

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A sister almost drowned on this, but Hey! Danielle pumped by head up and said the only way the day would be a success is if I got on this. Of course, I fell into peer pressure. I am so glad I did ,because I have no fear of dropping 90′ feet from the air again!

So our day was made!!! We laughed, we talked about our careers and aspirations, we demolished greasy hamburgers and french fries, and drank the best lemonade we had ever had. The main memory we have and will always remember is: NEVER LET FEAR LIMIT YOUR THINKING AND MORE IMPORTANTLY YOUR ACTIONS! Live and Conquer! 

**View Fear is 100% Mental Part 2 to see the Azuka and Lafitte’s Plunge videos.